Christmas Singout at Rex Hospital
Our 2015 Rex Hospital sing-out turned into a very special event, one we won't forget for a very long time.
We arrived at 6:30 p.m., warmed up, and then started making our rounds around 7 p.m.
Bill Rashleigh, director, prepares the men for our sing-out with vocal warm-ups and a brief repertoire run-through.
How many men can fit in an elevtaor? Well, as it turns out, quite a lot! We took an elevator between floors, and while it was a squish, we fit nearly the entire crew on the elevator.
The tenors and leads are highlighted in this photo at one of the 14 nursing stations we visited that evening. We had two very special requests from patients' families, visting that evening, who asked us to sing for them.
A family asked us to sing to their dying father, not expected to live through Christmas, but a man who loved to sing. We gathered and squished ourselves into his room around his bed and sang A Holly Jolly Christmas. But then, Bob Inskeep suggested we also sing The Irish Blessing, which we did. It was a bittersweet experience as we filled the room with harmonies, filled all the hearts with love, and left a very touching farewell to the family and their father. There wasn't a dry eye in the room. We were so touched to be able to share our voices and fill this man's last days with joy and peace. His family was deeply moved and thanked us for the special visit we made. I can hardly put into words how touching it was. But it's moments like this that make our singing so special.
Assistant Director, Larry Triplett, takes the helm directing a beautiful rendition of "Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabel".
And where would the General Assembly Chorus be without our baritones?
Bill Rashleigh, director, closed the evening at our last nursing station around 9:15 p.m. We were tired, but thankful for the experience to share our voices and music with others and bring some joy to their lives through the gift of music. And many of the staff, and especially the patients, were very appreciative and thankful that we were there to make their holidays extra special.